Americans, and the rest of the world in general, are told very little about drone strikes, and are largely left in the dark as to the method in which they operate. Most people are under the incorrect assumption that there is some precision to using this method to assassinate a “terrorist”. But the strike is only as good as the intelligence fed into it. How would Americans feel knowing that their government, in their name kills a score of men, women and children for every attack they make, and that most of the time, the attack on the intended target is not successful?
A recent study by a UK based institute called Reprieve has determined that for every “bad guy” the US goes after, some 28 unknown people, women, men, children, are unilaterally terminated in the process. The group found that in many cases, the media went on to report that the subject had been killed, which in fact was a complete fabrication. A cover up, and a silencing of the suffering of countless people who had their lives turned upside down by the loss of a mother, a child, a husband. The fact of the matter remains today that the policy of drone strikes in foreign countries is creating a situation that is building more hatred and animosity than it is solving in the world.
In a recent Guardian article, it was asserted that “Attempts to kill 41 men resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,147 people, as of 24 November.”
Can anyone really say that none of the friends and family of those 1147, or the countless others who have been killed since the atrocious middle east conflicts began? Could anyone really not see the rise of ISIS under the conditions the US left the region in? Ron Paul has been saying the same thing for 30 years, regarding what he calls “Blowback”, being the definition of the rise of resistance to the aggression of another power.
The US has held too much influence in the region, artificially conflating and deflating the cost of the precious black gold that gushes forth from the sands in the area, working in collusion with the major exporters to keep the numbers game always in their favor. They operate under the guise of fighting “terrorism”, when in reality, the “terrorism” that occurs in the region is a direct result of their meddling policy that results in family after family raising their own fists in resistance and swearing retaliation for a lost loved one.
One piece of incredibly befuddling information surrounding this story is that each of the 41 men being hunted by the US drone machine had actually been reported dead at one time. 7 of them are actually still alive. The inability of the US drone machine to actually accomplish a “precise” strike is not being covered, and never will be. The memory hole in the public conscious is very strong. A report someone somewhere heard about some strike in a far away land that took out the “Jack of Hearts” or the “Ace of Clubs” will be all that person needs to stand at the watercooler on Monday morning in the office and defend the drone strikes, being the ultimate apologist for the horrific, completely arbitrary collateral damage to another country and the lives of its inhabitants.
The price of foreign entanglements is less overall security, certainly less freedom, and a continuation of a mindless culture of death and perpetual war. This can only lead to a country tenuously teetering at the edge of a moral high ground pretending to police the world. That country is inevitably pulled, screaming, from its perch and laid to waste.
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